Play-off Records

These tables cover Football League play-off results since 1986. The seasons Reading have reached the play-offs are 1994-95 (Division 1), 2000-01 (Division 2), 2002-03 (Division 1), 2008-09 (Championship) and 2010-11 (Championship). Their complete record as follows:

            PL     W    D    L    GF    GA    PTS    P3/PL
HOME         5     1    2    2     2     4      5    1.000
AWAY         5     2    1    2     7     4      7    1.400
NEUTRAL      3     0    0    3     7    11      0    0.000
TOTAL       13     3    3    7    16    19     12    0.923
(5 seasons)

This can be broken down by opponent as follows (for details see here).

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS    P3
 1. Cardiff City         2   0  1  0   0   0   1  0  0   3   0    4     4
 2. Tranmere Rov         2   0  1  0   0   0   1  0  0   3   1    4     4
 3. Wigan Athletic       2   1  0  0   2   1   0  1  0   0   0    4     4
 4. Bolton Wand          1   0  0  0   0   0   0  0  1   3   4    0     0
 5. Walsall              1   0  0  0   0   0   0  0  1   2   3    0     0
 6. Swansea City         1   0  0  0   0   0   0  0  1   2   4    0     0
 7. Wolverhampton W      2   0  0  1   0   1   0  0  1   1   2    0     0
 8. Burnley              2   0  0  1   0   2   0  0  1   0   1    0     0

Reading's record of no promotions in five attempts in the play-offs is by no means the worst. Preston have none in nine, Brentford and Sheffield United none in seven, and Bury none in six, although both Sheffield United and Bury were promoted via Test Matches in the 1890s. The most successful teams are Blackpool and Crystal Palace, who both have four promotions from seven attempts, while Peterborough have three from four.

For complete results of the play-offs in divisions involving Reading see here. There were also play-offs, called Test Matches, to decide promotion and relegation between the Southern League Division 1 and Division 2 from 1894 to 1903, however Reading were never involved.

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